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>>> tonight, washington remembers chuck brown, the godfather of go go as hundreds celebrate his life and music. >> the worst crash scene some have ever seen. now we know it started when a real cop started two police impersonators. >> details emerging about the death of robert f. kennedy jr.'s estranged wife. first to a man whose name goes hand in hand with washington d.c. chuck brown. he loved the city, changed its music and will forever be remembered for it. >> he died today at age 75 after a battle with pneumonia. a look back on his life. ♪ ♪ ♪ you don't have a thing ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's career spanned 50 years seldom a moment he was not jamming in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. the north carolina native got his start in the 60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the 70s. chuck brown was coming into his own. and go go was born. ♪ from the country >> reporter: the godfather of go go its what the world called brown, creator of a musical genre synonymous with d.c. >> they have heard funk before. another form of funky music.
chuck brown, the father of go-go, dead at the age of 75. ahead, a look back at his life and the worldwide reaction to his passing. good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 today." today might be the perfect day. as we take a look sup it goiks to be a delightful day today. enjoy. we had a front come through overnight just with a few clouds. it shifted our wind into the north and that brought in somewhat cooler weather as we got into the 80s. yesterday. it dropped down into the 50s. that's most of the mountain region. shenandoah valley and areas to the west and north of washington. that includes the counties. mid-60s in washington now. all this area in the lighter gre green. it jea it's generally in the 60s. now, hometown forecast for leesburg, loudoun county, night the 50s there now and by noontime should be in the 60s with a few clouds about. peek near 70 by the afternoon thflt time tomorrow morning all the way whack down the 40s. a chilly start to friday. we'll look at your day planner in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic now? >> not looking very nicely at auchl
for you from the country to the inner city ♪ >>> chuck brown passed way yesterday after a short bout with pneumonia at age 75. he was the founder of go-go, a sound that came to define the district. >> this morning the city that loved him so much is showed their love for him. dancing out in the streets in north washington last night and tracee wilkins is live outside that theater this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. chuck brown created this music in the '70s and has been playing it all of this time. i can tell you i have never seen the actual end of a chuck brown concert because i get tired have and go home. he would keep playing with all of this energy and enthusiasm like he was still 20 30r years old. in his 70s would play for hours and hours. i mean nonstop. no intermission. no breaks. this was music about the people of d.c. and the people of d.c. were in it and helped to create it. it's fitting that would want to come here and pay tribute to him. let me show you what it looked like last night. as you said, thousands of people dancing in the streets. his da
became d.c. classics. tonight the entire area mourning the loss of chuck brown, who has died at the age of 75. few artists in our town have had the enduring impact chuck brown had. a month or so ago he was admitted to john hopkins hospital with a publicly undisclosed illness. since that time, the rumor mill was filled with stories about his condition and whether indeed he was even still alive. today it was confirmed chuck brown has died. reportedly from complications with pneumonia. ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's musical career spanned some 50 years. there was seldom a moment when he and his guitar were not together jamming out in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the early '70s chuck brown was coming into his own and go-go was born. the godfather of go-go what the world came to call brown, creator of a musical genre that became synonymous with d.c. brown described it as jazz infused funk music with latin and african flairs driven by percussian and accente
are mourning the loss of chuck brown. he passed away yesterday at the age of 75 after a short bout with pneumonia. charl charles music career. the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing his guitar for a d.c.-based latin band. by the early '70s charles got into his own. the godfather go-go is what the world came to call brown. it became synonymous with d.c. >> they heard funk before, it's just another form of funchy music with a lot of percussion and sound. >> let me hear you say oh it's got that latin and that african feel to it. >> just one more time. >> in and out of trouble with the law in his youth, brown taught himself to play guitar in prison. he and his go-go beat became world known landing his first billboard numb were one heat with "bustin' loose." he was nominated in 2010 at the age of 74. >> if i hit that stage, i right in a rage and forget about my age. >> chuck brown never turned his back on his home. he stayed a staple of d.c. events that became important with his community. he spent his time with students around the district never forgetting how a yo
, we start by celebrating the legacy of local music legend chuck brown. the godfather of go-go passed away at john's hopkins hospital at the age of 75. aaron gilchrist has more on brown's roots and influence on music. not just here but around the wor world. ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's music career spanned some 50 years. there was seldom a moment when he and his guitar were not together jamming out in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. ♪ the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the early '70s chuck brown was coming into his own. and go-go was born. ♪ the godfather of go-go is what the world came to call brown creator of a musical genre that became synonymous with d.c. brown described it as jazz infused folk music with lat wrin and african flares driven by percussion and accented with his signature called responsible. ♪ in and out of trouble with the law in his youth brown taught himself to play the guitar in prison. he and his go-go beat became world known landing his first billboard number one hit
. 25 years. he shot and killed trooper wesley brown in june of 2010, coming up at 5:30, hear from coop are troon's partner, who was there that night and held -- >> the younger brother of two nfl stars is now charged with killing a tourist. 66-year-old gary dedrick died michael davis is now charged with his murder. he's in custody tonight charged with two other attacks as well. he's the brother of vernon davis and tonight tay davis. >> the a judge dropped charges against randy babbitt after a key piece of evidence failed to support the charges. julie has it latest now from fairfax. >> reporter: former faa chief randy babbitt being cleared of the charges that cost him his high-profile career. in early deficiency he was. >> it's been a -- there's a tough time. there's a lot of press and reaction. i'm glad it's over and ready to get rid ready in twes. babbitt had just left a nearby dinner party where he had had two and a half to three glasses of wine over the course of the evening. once babbitt was pulled over, officer morris gave him a breath test. he rej terd .07, below the legal limit.
. ♪ >>> a final tribute. chuck brown fans honoring the good father of go-go in -- the godfather of go-go in a place that could not be more fitting. good morning, welcome to "news4 today," i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. 6:00 a.m. straight up, 3 degrees outside our studios. the sun is up, and we'll see heat gaenagain, tom, pushing th heat index into the 90s? >> a mini heat wave. this is the end of it. we'll get a nice break tomorrow. between now and then, we'll have to pay for that break in the form some strong thunderstorms that may be developing later today. not now. the latest view, we have a clear start, a beautiful morning underway. the birds are chirping so hard, they're wincing. i was just outside, and the morning is off to a pleasant start temperaturewise, too. it's a comfortable morning now. if you do absolutely have to get in your exercise, do it over the next few hours. and right now, in the 70s. we'll hold steady in the 70s throughout much of the morning. by late morning, it will be near 80. then mid 80s by noontime. during the afternoon, here's your day
say some chunking of the debris the size of cell phones. nobody was hurt. >>> chuck brown, godfather of go-go, being celebrated today at the howard theater. thousands of people stood in lines that stretched for blocks to say farewell to the d.c. pioneer. >> good evening. t street northwest in front of the howard theater you can see filled with people. the interesting thing is, people come to this viewing. they wait in line. they go inside for a few minutes to pay their respects and then they come out and they don't want to leave. they want to be part of the street party. a sendoff for singer chuck brown. ♪ >> reporter: chuck brown was a force whenever he performed despite his success, he remained grounded and will always be remembered as the d.c. native son. >> he loved washington. he represented this city to the fullest. the city loved him back as you can see. >> reporter: fans waited in a long line that stretch three blocks at one point to get into the howard athleter to pay their last respects. >> what do you think he would be thinking? >> he would want to be playing. >> if he d
center with the opportunity to say good-bye to chuck brown better known as the godfather of go-go. ♪ ♪ >> this afternoon's home going service for chuck brown was a chance for fans to mourn and celebrate. it was the celebration, though, of the music and the spirit that he shared with the world. derrick ward at convention center now with more. >> reporter: well, indeed, jim. you know, on the official documents this was called the funeral. the first actually ever here at the convention center. but if you were inside it was a totally different mood. you called it right. you said home going service. it was more about celebrating chuck brown's life than it was about dwelling on the circumstances of his passing. ♪ ♪ >> the mood for the afternoon a round of go-go and some of the personal fafts of chuck brown. >> chuck was always about d.c. >> reporter: in a few minutes it was gospel go-go again. ♪ >> reporter: it was truly a home going service with brown in death as in life still front and center. physically, and in the hearts of other go-go pioneers. >> it's hours, our own t
sad news to share right now. breaking news about d.c.'s own musical giant. chuck brown the godfather of go-go has died. brown had been hospitalized with pneumonia for the past two months. he had postponed several concerts. >> brown's musical career lasted 50 years. he got his start back in the 60s playing guitar for a latin band here in d.c. by the 1970s he created go-go, the musical genre that grew to define him and the district. in 1978 he had his first number one hit "busting loose" and in 2010 was nominated for his first grammy. chuck brown was 75 years old. again, dead this afternoon. stay tuned to news 4 for more on the life and legacy of chuck brown. >> you know he traveled the world. we both met him. he always came back and he always gave back. what a generous spirit and a big heart. >> he'll be missed by a lot of folks here and around the world. >> sure will. >>> he is fierce, fashionable, and he's unafraid to speak his mind. >> annapolis born christian siriano has his own fashion label and dresses big names like rihanna and lady gaga. eun yang checked out his new york studi
to music icon. everything you need to know about chuck brown's public memorial. good morning to you. welcome to "news 4 today." ty i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. as you take a live look outside, 68 degrees. the sun is up and it's going to lead tom kierein to a beautiful day. >> gorgeous day under way. the birds are chirping. the air is cool and fresh. the humidity is low. this is just about as good as it can get on this may morning, the final day of may. going back 12 hours ago, those were the remnants of tropical storm beryl that inleashed tonights of rain. but over the last 12 hours it quickly raced out to sea and behind that high pressure has swepts in, cleared out the sky. all these areas in light green in the 60s across maryland, delaware, and into virginia and the district and farther west, the darker green areas, that's where we're in the 50s. most of western parts of maryland and the shenandoah valley, many locations are down into the 50s this morning. so quite a few start. reagan national now is at 69 degrees. and for your day today we'll have by noontime tempera
to flight delays and even canceled the viewing for chuck brown for a time. >> outside the storms are still making their way across our viewing area. doug's in storm center 4 with the very latest. >> watching it out there right now. the area getting hit hardest southern maryland and along the northern neck continue to see heavy rain and a lot of lightning toward calvert county. cambridge and easton will see the rain. the heaviest rain moving around st. mary's county, you're next for the heaviest of this rain. you can see around washington area light rain across much of the region through charles county and most of southern maryland. will you continue to see the rain and i think we have a chance of seeing some rain through potentially tomorrow morning. i'll show you how much rain we saw and what comes next because we've got a pretty good change in the weather. >> thanks. >>> this weather created a little bit of tension outside the howard theater tonight where crowds gathered to say farewell to chuck brown. jackie benson is here with more. >> reporter: people can planned very carefully to be
holiday concert on the plaza from r&b superstar bobby brown. look forward to that. we're going to begin with that severe weather, including tropical storm beryl. really putting a damper on the holiday plans of millions of americans. the weather channel's mike seidel is in jacksonville beach, florida, this morning. mike, good morning to you. >> and good morning, savannah, from triple digit heat in parts of the midwest to the hottest may weather on record in that part of the country to the second tropical storm of the season, four days before the official start of the hurricane season, millions of americans are enduring some extreme weather this holiday weekend. with maximum sustained winds just below hurricane force, tropical storm beryl made landfall just after midnight near jacksonville, florida, where city officials canceled all outdoor memorial day events. >> everything is going to be shut down. we're really preparing for this tropical storm, and it's all about safety. we want people safe through this storm. >> reporter: from florida to south carolina, the tropical storm has whipped
chuck brown. >> pieces of an airplane fall off and crash to the earth below. the emergency landing is next. >>> plus, madonna mocks lady gaga on teenage for stealing her song. good afternoon. i'm barbara harrison in for jim handley. >> we begin with the heat and the cooldown to come. >> tracking those storms out west. >> we've had this heat and humidity all day right and yesterday and we're seeing that cold front approach and a number of severe thunderstorm to our west and especially north of the area. in fact, upstate north, they have a tornado watch. as far as this area goes, advancing very quickly to the east and northeast. you can see several clusters of thunderstorms and they are producing a lot of lightning. so they're still intensifying and we could be seeing some small hail with these as well. we have one little area to the south of hagerstown. that storm is its way to the northeast, moving away from i-81 toward 70 right now. so that will be crossing right over 70 in the next couple of minutes advancing to the north and east. a lot of heavy rain, frequent lightning, possibl
talking about how he saw chuck brown in his old place in southeast d.c. called the shelter room and told some friends in the music industry you got to record this guy because he's got something new and different. one real quick story if i can, chuck used to play at a place down in northwest as the knights of columbus club if i'm not mistaken. one of my daughters used to hang out there all the time and i had a problem with that because it could get a little tricky down there. you know, when the show was over. >> yeah. >> i went down one night. she, you know, was defiant so she went anyhow. i went down one night just to check out what was going on. it happened to be a night chuck was there. i stayed in -- she to this day doesn't know i was in the house that night. so don't tell her. all right? i was in the back. i hadn't heard chuck for several years. it had been years since i had seen him live. i left that place and told her when she got home that night. okay. you can go down to knights of columbus but only when chuck brown is there. can we have that deal? and she was like, okay. because
at age 63. >>> now to our local legend chuck brown. his voice was deep and raspy and drums were the heart beat of d.c. chuck brown wasn't always the godfather of go-go. derrick ward got some insight from brown's former drummer. he was there for the birth of the one of a kind sound. >> reporter: the godfather is gone but not forgotten. the mural along martin luther king avenue with chuck silhouetted atop the big chair speaks to his iconic status especially here in anacostia. >> god just wanted a person up in heaven with some go-go talent. that's why he brought him home so he cob comfortable and in a better place. >> he was the earliest producer to take notice of chuck brown. he heard him play at the old knights of columbus hall. >> doing basically a lot of blues and standard stuff, a lot of the current r & b hits but he always had that different sounding voice. you know, like marvin gaye, james brown. it was unduplicatable. no one could sound like chuck and no one ever will. >> reporter: that led to him producing brown's first big album "we the people." over the years brown's fame would cr
community. >>> chuck brown's family announces plans for d.c. to remember the godfather of go-go. >>> we'll tell you what new research suggests about c-sections and the potential impact on the weight of the child. >>> good evening. i'm jim vance. >> and i'm doreen gentzler. thank you for joining us for news 4 at 11:00. >>> several students got sick at the roslyn metro station. they were part of a 200 person tour group that had just finished a walking tour in d.c. they were on the metro heading toward arlington when several kids started feeling ill. three of them were taken to a hospital to get fluids. it appears they may have been overwhelmed by walking in the heat 37 temperatures made it into the 80s today. could be even hotter tomorrow. veronica's in for doug tonight. veronica? >> it will be plenty steamy this weekend. it certainly is going to feel like summer has arrived. as far as those storms out there this evening, once again they hit in the same locations just west of d.c. where some areas didn't get a drop. 69/100 of an inch of rain in warrenton. nokesville over an inch of rain.
the possibility of parole. he will be going to prison for the rest of his life. for the murder of trooper brown, who was killed in june of 2010. now there are a couple of other details that came out here as they were doing the sentencing. first of all, it came out that the reason that this man was thrown out of an appleby's in june of 2010 was because he had apparently urinated on another one of the customer there is and was being disruptive. well he was thrown out. today, we heard from trooper brown's -- partner, who said that when he came out of the bar, trooper brown decided that this man did not need to be arrested, but should be let go and given a second chance. and this is something that the prosecutor spoke about. that even after given a second chance, that the man came back and then shot and killed the trooper. and yes, now he will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. prince george's state's attorney angela brooks spoke about the sentencing today and we also heard from his partner, carl peoples. this is the trooper who held trooper brown as he died. >> the trooper bro
donna summer. >> the d.c. area also honors the godfather of go-go chuck brown. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. we start with the stunning news today the death of another popular singer disco queen donna summer died this morning. >> summer defined a genre. she had 19 number one dance hits including bad girls. she was just 63 years old. access hollywood's billy bush joins us live from california. another sad day in the music world. >> sure is. that is second only to madonna, that stat. it would be irresponsible to throw a '70s party without back-to-back donna summer. she died in florida in her home, 63 years old. it's reported it was lung cancer but that is not confirmed. also reported it is because of breathing the air after 9/11. that is not confirmed. but we celebrate the life of donna. neil bogard who founded her in the mid 70s from casablanca records launched her in europe. she was a giant hit in europe. nothing in the states for a while until finally record executives realized her records were selling all over the place. she was an undergr
large crowd that we have assembled here. not too surprising. fans of course flocked to chuck brown's concerts it see him perform live and now they're flocking to the d.c. convention center to celebrate his life. ♪ ♪ ♪ wintd me up, chicauck. >> reporter: this woman grabbed her spot at the head of the line at 8:00 last night. >> i wanted to make sure i get in and my family came. and chuck is like that. he bring everybody together. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: chuck proun could always pack the house. and his memorial service is no different. thousands of people are expected to attend. the crowd so big that the service is being held in the d.c. convention center. >> i just wanted to be here to feel the atmosphere. to feel the love that chuck brown has gathered throughout the city. >> wonderful. his legacy, his encouragement, his peace, his love, his happiness, everything. his music, phenomenal. wonderful, wonderful energy. >> reporter: brown's rose-covered casket sat the front of the stage. behind it drums, keyboards and microphones. that's because this service will be as much about the
business that is mother's day. plus bobby brown sits down with matt lauer to talk about whitney houston and drugs. >> coming up the knicks couldn't handle the heat, the kpals got even and rajon rondo suspended. you're watching "early today". >>> good morning welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry and here are your top headlines. may day protests are planned today by occupy wall street activists in cities across the country. they plan rush hour demonstrations in new york and san francisco to block bridges. >>> dna evidence has cleared two men in texas who were officially exonerated in a rape and shooting 30 years ago. they shook hands with the judge who declared them innocent after decades behind bars. >>> and in colorado robert dewey was released after a court hearing that exonerated him also based on dna evidence. he had been in prison for 16 years. >>> finally in canada a large container was found washed up on shore and inside was a harley davidson motorcycle. it had a japanese license plate and was very rusty indicating it was debris carried across the ocean after the tsunami
-go is gone. chuck brown passed away yesterday at the age of 75. he had been suffering from pneumonia. he was a legend in washington where his unique voice helped create the genre of go-go music. a sound that's become the pride of the nation's capital. news4's tracee wilkins is in silver spring with more. >> reporter: chuck brown, the creator of go-go could not have created and sustained the sound without the help and support of local radio. so of course with the news of his passing, that's where his fans went first. ♪ >> 1 x 77 par show and of course, chuck brown has left us, 75 years on this earth. >> reporter: it's the first morning after the passing of d.c. music legend, chuck brown. >> we're doing a chuck brown story. good morning, i believe that's denise in d.c., how you doing? >> reporter: and when wkys said russ par offered fans a chance it call in and talk to the godfather of go-go. fans called in. >> caller: my heart was broken when i learned he passed. he was just an amazing, amazing man. >> any party with chuck brown, there was so many people there and he walked through the
-go, chuck brown. brown's body arrived this morning at the howard theater in northwest d.c. where a public viewing is just beginning. the music legend performed many times for fans at that theater. now they're once again gathering there. news4's megan mcgrath is live at the theater and has more for us now. now megan, good morning. >> good morning, barbara, chuck brown had a large and loyal following. you can see that by looking at this line. just how many people are here, we have hundreds of folks waiting in line to go in and say one last final farewell. some of these people have been here since about 7:30 this morning. it's hot out here. many don't have water, but they're willing to wait in line just to say good-bye to a music legend. ♪ ♪ ♪ chuck brown, the godfather of go-go, up on stage. that's where he lived his life. so it seems only fitting that in death, his fans are saying good-bye inside the howard theater. >> chuck brown has left us a great history of legend of go-go for almost 30-some years of music. >> reporter: the spirit of go-go fills the space today. fans are flocking
brown at the public viewing. people stood all day long, at times in the rain, to pay their respects to "the godfather" of go-go. today they can expect the funeral service to begin with a very traditional feel. there'll be appearances by city leaders and entertainers including -- more are expected to be announced. but before the close of service, there will be a live performance of a medley of brown's music. now, donnie simpson will serve as host. there will be special performances by the chuck brown band by sugar bear, maysa, james funk and others. when they reach capacity, they will shut doors and not allow anyone else in the public inside. folks who are coming down here are encouraged to take metro. i'm tracee wilkins reporting leave in the northwest. "news 4." >> tracee, thank you. you can watch the memorial live starting at noon on our website nbcwashington.com and on nbc washington nonstop. channel 208 vios. cox 460 and 4.2 over the air. >>> this morning we're waiting for prince george's police to feed a man they say took his own life after a domestic dispute. neighbors say a m
to charges he helped funnel money to then minor candidate sewell eight mon brown. prosecutor charged a second operative. howard brooks with false statement to the fbi about this. brooks had been cooperating with authorities in charges against him. now indicate another major step in the investigation. mayor vincent gray, his campaign activities under investigation, turned aside all questions about the corruption cases. including the u.s. attorney's statement that gray's campaign activities deceived voters. the u.s. attorney has said in yesterday's thomas gore case, in 2010, the voters were deceived by your campaign. >> well, i think you know there is an ongoing penning investigation so there is nothing really i can comment on this. it is obviously continuing to unfold will. >> reporter: you know mr. gore and mr. brooks, any personal feelings even though you can't comment on the race -- i mean, the investigation itself? >> well, i think not. i think i'll just stay with the, what i said before. there is obviously a continuing investigation. it has been for months and i've said pretty much the sa
, thousands gathering to pay last respects to chuck brown at the washington convention southwester. derrick ward joins us live with details. >> reporter: a big day it was indeed. no one can remember there ever being a funeral at the convention center. this is actually more like a go-go but judging by the reaction and responses to everyone here that was just fine. take a look at the scene now. it was more sweat than tears at this going home service for go-go i con chuck brown. in the hall that seated 14,000 people just about every seat was taken for testimonials from old friends, lots of music, and not just gospel but lots of go-go music as well. there were prayers and a mini concert at the end of the ceremony. lots of speakers from the city and from chuck brown's circle of friends and even his family. but among the most popular speakers today was ward 8 council member marion barry. >> chuck brown was about teaching people and reaching people. letting them know that they could be anything that they wanted to be. that they could perform anywhere they wanted to perform. another thing about chu
behind bars. in june of 2010 he shot and killed trooper wesley brown, who was working security at the applebee's in forestville. williams shot brown outside the restaurant. the judge give williams the maximum sentence calling him a threat to society. >> it's the worst violence in syria since the uprising began. tonight at least 55 people are dead, hundreds more injured after twin suicide bombings in damascus. the white house has con determin -- co condemned the attacks this evening. >> reporter: two suicide car bombs exploded in the syrian capital of damascus, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 370. the explosions took place in a district in the capital that houses a military intelligence come plks, believed to be the intended target. syrian state media says the majority of those killed were civilians. the syrian government blamed the explosion on terrorists they said have been behind a 14-month uprising trying to destabilize the country. activists blame the government for orchestrating the attacks saying they were trying to demonize the opposition and create a
his name is jayvon brown. he was last seen yesterday afternoon in the 1300 block of columbia road in northwest. news4's derek ward joins us live with more on the search. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we want to show you this picture again. we'll have even a better version of that for you again. the key is to get this young man's face out here as much as possible in hopes of finding him very soon. we want to show you the scene earlier this morning. police were out with dogs and remain in this neighborhood now searching. and i can tell you, you can't imagine a family's grief or just worry at not being able to find this young man. family members and friends have been out on their own doing a search. neighbors, family members walking the streets in hopes of finding young jayvon brown. he was last seen in this area of the 1300 block of columbia road at 11:00 yesterday afternoon. his family says it is not like him to go beyond the block. he usually hangs around here and plays with his friends. you can imagine the distress that they're feeling as we hear from young jayvons gra
royalty. the godfather of go-go chuck brown and the queen of disco donna summer. her first hit "let's dance" became an anthem at weddings and parties alike and she works hard for the money a mantra for women everywhere. ♪ she works hard for the money so hard for the money ♪ donna summer lost her battle with breast cancer today dying this morning in her florida home. summer broke into the music scene at the height of disco and even after it died off she successfully crossed over to have an award winning career as a pop singer. she won five grammys and had a string of number one hits. donna summer was just 63 years old. >>> music fans also mourning the loss of our own chuck brown. many say his music had a beat that plamade it impossible to s still. tonight we're seeing a new side of the music pioneer. news 4's derrick ward spoke to those who knew him as he became the godfather of go-go. >> reporter: upon word of his death fans gathered yoult side the howard theater for a vigil in chuck brown's honor. for some in our area the memories are tangible. juji was chuck's drummer for year
it off brown and down. no icing here. zidlicky with 4:20 gone in the first sudden overtime period. >> eddie: robinson is absolutely apoplectic on the bench. they waved one off. he was just screaming at the linesman. >> mike: 20 consecutive years in the playoffs. 20 consecutive years in the nhl. 18 with montreal, two with los angeles. >> eddie: one of the top seven defensemen at all time. would you agree? >> mike: and the outstanding plus/minus player in history. no one close. no one probably going to get close. scuderi cancelled out by gionta. ponikarovsky. kovalchuk holding. firing one. that was directed wide. moving in is salvador. to the corner. ponikarovsky back to him. salvador around behind. kovalchuk with it there. run into by kopitar. kopitar led it off a. if you have the puck you could be hit. it's what's been happening all night long between the two teams and in every playoff game. the nature of the sport. controlled now by dustin brown and led across for doughty to bring on. the canadian olympian brought it back. harassed there by nolan. turning the other way with it is
convicted of killing a maryland state police trooper will learn his fate. he shot wesley brown back in 2010. brown was working part-time security at the applebee's. he removed him for being loud and disruptive. he returned later with a gun killing brown outside the res strauchblt prosecutors will ask for a live sentence without control. >>> this morning police are looking for three men who robbed and abducted man in fairfax county on his way to work. police say they forced the father into his car at gunpoint in the 6100 block of cumberland avenue in springfield early wednesday morning. police say they drove the victim to two banks and forced him to take out money. they then forced him into the trunk of his car and cut his face. he is expected to be okay. >>> virginia state police say there are no signs of foul play in the death of man whose body was found at a rest area. his body was found inside the car of a virginia welcome center. the car had out-of-state plates. his name has not been released. the state police shut down the rest area for a few hours to investigate. it's now reopened. >>
suleman brown. brown was a minor candidate who claims gray's campaign paid him to attack then-mayor adrian fenty. according to court documents, brooks and two other aides funneled at least $2,800 to brown. brooks faces up to six months in prison. >>> today the world's first private supply ship will make a historic rendezvous with the international space station. the spacex dragon capsule passed within a mile of the iss for a series of s.
georges county judge sentenced williams to life in jail plus 25 years. he shot trooper brown. brown kicked williams out for being disruptive. williams came back with a gun and shot brown. trooper brown's partner reacted to the sentence. >> to have someone, anyone to die around you but then have a partner who you cared for, that cared for everyone else take his last breath in your arms is something you can't tell anybody how you feel about that. it's something that you carry with you all the time, something i carry with me every day. >> brown's fiancee says justice has finally been served. williams maintained his innocence and did not speak before today's sentencing. his attorney plans to appeal. >> 19-year-old michael davis is charged with first degree murder in the death of gary dedrick. he's charged with two other hammer attacks in the same neighborhood. both of the other victims survived. davis is the brother of two nfl stars, 49ers tight end vernon davis and dolphins corner back vonte davis. >> day after getting a new five-year contract, d.c. police chief kathy lanier is denouncing a n
to then minor candidate sulaimon brown for his attacks on mayor adrian fenty. on wednesday, prosecutors charged a second campaign operative, howard brooks, with false statements to the fbi about the scheme to finance sulaimon's attacks. brooks has been cooperating with authorities and reportedly wore an undercover wire for investigators last year. charges against him now indicate another major step in this investigation. mayor vin send gray, his campaign activities under investigation, turned aside all questions about the corruption cases including the u.s. attorney's statement that gray's campaign activities deceived voters. >> the u.s. attorney has said in yesterday's thomas gore case, in 2010 the voters of the district of columbia were deceived by your campaign. >> i think you know there's an ongoing pepping investigation. so there's nothing really i can come on this. it is continuing to unfold. >> you know mr. gordon, mr. brooks, any personal feelings even though you can be comment on the race -- i mean, the investigation itself? >> i think not. >> the mayor aggressively changed the subject
suleman brown. brown was a minor mayoral candidate who claims that gray's campaign paid him to attack then-mayor adrian fenty. according to court documents, brooks and two aides funneled at least $2,800 it brown. >>> millions of future college students will have to wait until next month to find out if the rate on student loans will double. the senate rejected legislation yesterday that would keep the interest rate on millions of student loans at 3.4%. if no deal is. >> reporter: rea-- is reached b july 1, it will double. lawmaker are dedicateded to keeping the rate where it is. they can't agree on how to pay for it. >>> they call it a demonstration, not a parade. each memorial day weekend rolling thunder rides through the capital to to see show support for the military family. on sunday, the group will gather at the north pentagon parking lot. at unanimous the group will ride to the vietnam veterans memorial. the ride is followed by a gathering in front of the lincoln memorial. motorists should be prepared for rolling street closures on sunday. >>> next week will be your opportunity to say
paid suleman brown, a minor mayoral candidate, who claims the campaign paid him to attack then-mayor fenty. he funneled at least $2,800 it brown. >>> today george allen will try to solidify his spot as gop front-runner for virginia's open senate seat in the final debate. the former governor will try to beat out three other contenders in the june 12 primary. allen is trying to win back the seat he lost to jim webb six weeks ago. he will face former governor tim kaine, running unopposed. >>> how much of an impact is president obama having on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in maryland? check out the results of a new public policy poll. according to the poll, 57% of likely voters in maryland say they'll vote in favor of same-sex marriage if the issue makes it on to november's ballot. 37% of likely voter say they're against making the marriages legal. that's 20% -- 20-point margin was just 12 points in march. pollsters say the shift was almost entirely due to a change in attitude by african-american voters. >>> maryland lawmakers may have to wait until next year to decide whe
brown. >> come on, d.c.! >> a lively public memorial for the godfather of go-go has just wrapped up at the d.c. convention center this afternoon. brown died may 16th at the age of 75. today city leaders talked about naming a day, a park, and a hall of fame in his honor. noting how his blend of percussian, funk, and call-in response lyrics helped define d.c.'s culture. brown's brothers say it wasn't just his music but his character that meant so much to his fans. >> chuck showed a lot of humility and love and cared for people in need. he took the time to sign autographs and embrace those who just wanted to say hello. >> news 4's derrick ward will have more on today's service and plans to honor chuck brown's legacy coming up at 5:00. >>> a breast feeding awareness campaign in washington state is sparking both applause and outrage. we should warn you we are going to show you some images that could be a bit revealing. the online campaign features a photo of two women in the air force breast feeding their babies. they're doing it in uniform. the air force did not approve this photo and s
. >>> "today" exclusive, bobby brown's first interviewince the death of his ex-wife whitney houston. >> fans, people who say they were close to whitney, say her life went downhill when she met bobby brown. how do you respond to that? >> his answer in a raw and revealing interview with matt. >>> and feeling the heat. a mother charged with child endangerment for taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning booth. but she claims it's all a big misunderstanding "today," but she claims it's all a big misunderstanding "today," wednesday, may 2nd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> good morning, everybody, i'm savannah guthrie. matt is on assignment. and this morning u.s. officials are casting doubt on the taliban's claim that those suicide bombings were tied to president obama's visit, saying it would be hard to pull together a complex attack on such short notice. >> the president used his trip on the one-year anniversary of the death of osama bin laden to outline the future role of the u.s. military in afghani
a life sentence to cyril williams. williams shot and killed trooper wesley brown back in june of 2010 while brown worked security at the appleby's restaurant in forestville. prosecutors say brown tossed williams out after he urinated on another customer. williams came back and shot brown in the parking lot. >> you have a partner you cared for, that cared for everyone else, take his last breath in your arms is something you can't tell anybody how you feel about that. it's something you carry with you all the time. something i carry with me every day. >> williams' sentence does not include the possibility of parole. >>> today a judge dropped drunk driving charges against former federal aviation administration chief randy babbit. dash cameraideo showed babbit driving normally. so the officer had no reasonable suspicion to pull him over. babbit also was below the legal limit for alcohol. even though charges were dropped, babbit says he does not regret stepping down from his post. >>> one of the greatest washington redskins of all time is now suing the nfl over lingering symptoms from conc
that runs along the drive. rain or shine, 76-year-old, benjamin brown sitting on the porch of his home. >> clearly people of our community that is not accustomed to this type of a crime in our community. is very much concerned. as they should be. and they are asking numerous questions about the information surrounding the suspicious death of mr. brown. >> reporter: last s friday police responded to his home and found him dead on the floor. an autopsy is being conducted to determine how he died. his car, blue chevrolet is missing. the home is secured with window bars and an alarm system. neighbors fear mr. brown was taken advantage of by someone he let into his home. >> ben -- he didn't never bother anybody. that man set on his porch, drink his coffee or water or whatever he had to do. he didn't bother anybody. ben, rest in paeeace. >> reporter: a good number of the residents are senior citizens. they want to know what happened to mr. brown especially itch it means they need to take ex-stra safety cautions for themselves. jackie benson, news 4. >> police on the scene of a motorcycle acc
including demarco brown. the 28-year-old has a scar on his left hand and tattoo on his left arm. d.c. police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. >>> this morning police in stafford county, virginia, investigating a bizarre home invasion. investigators tell us two masked men broke into a home in the widewater village neighborhood yesterday morning. they demanded a man, woman, and 10-month-old baby strip naked. the man forced the family to take them around the house to collect valuables like cash, krurt computers and jewelry. before leaving, the they tied the family in the garage. they freed themselves and called 911. neighbors can't believe this happened in their community. >> i don't understand how it could happen. seems like it's a crime that's a bit more than petty. and frankly, i'm a little alarmed. very alarmed. very alarmed. >> no one of hurt. so far, no arrests have been made. >>> this morning the jury in the john edwards trial will begin deliberating his fate for a third day. the former presidential candidate is accused of using nearly a million dol
a part-time job. officials will join family and friend of the late trooper wesley brown to dedicate a highway signs in his honor. the maryland state highway administration will put up a sign with brown's name along i-495 near the forestville barracks. the 24-year-old was shot and killed working security at the appleby's in forestville in 2010. cyril williams is serving a life sentence without parole for brown's death. >>> subpoenas went out for morgan stanley following facebook's disappointing performance on wall street. the bank is accused of sharing insider information. morgan stanley allegedly told investors the social network's business wasn't as strong as expected. investors also suing nasdaq claiming orders for shares were mishandled, causing investors to lose millions of dollars. facebook lost nearly $10 billion of its market value since going public. >>> mitt romney is now within striking distance of securing the republican nomination for president in decision 2012. romney swept the primaries in kentucky and arkansas last night with 67 and 68% of the vote respectively. accor
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. a birthday kiss for david beckham in front of a packed house. >> they're blushing. >>> bobby brown talks about whitney houston's death. find out what he says about her drug use. ♪ >>> and find oust about the inspiration behind some of the top breakup and love songs. >>> the artist advancing to the finals is jermaine paul. congratulations. >> she nodded before they said it. alicia keyes' former backup singer beat gaithersburg native erin willett last night to advance to the finals of "the voice." willett celebrated her 23rd birthday on the national stage. she even told her coach blake shelton, let's go out and get drunk. erin and the three other semifinalists appeared on the "today" show this morning. erin talked about singing for her father who passed away during the taping of the show. >> i definitely had him with me the other night. it was really incredible, just basically taking in the entire moment. it kind of was an overcome with emotion type of situation and it's just incredible. i mean, to be part of the show and as far as i've come i can only be proud of myself and really just
interview matt had this morning. >> a couple good ones lately. >> interesting week. with bobby brown. i've only seen the manic side of the bobby brown. this was a very different -- >> it was a really revealing side. a lot of people knew him either as whitney's husband or that crazy reality show "being bobby brown." this was much more -- well, why don't you watch the interview with matt. >> why do you think you got the blame? i was reading some blogs after her death. one said bobby brown killed whitney. not in a literal way but in a figurative way. another said bobby brown is responsible for getting her hooked on drugs. >> no. >> everyone seems to point the finger at you. >> no. >> and they say whitney was more of an innocent victim in this. >> no, that's not true. i didn't get high before i met whitney. >> on narcotics. >> on narcotics, no. no. i -- i smoked weed. i drank beer. but, no. i wasn't the one that got whitney on drugs. >> so this was a part of her life before -- >> way before, yes. >> -- you and she got together. >> way before. >> did you talk about it? did you worry about it
that's featuring ashton kutcher that's causing a lot of controversy. he appears in brown face portraying a bollywood producer. some critics have called it racist. the ad has now been pulled. and the company is apologizing. so we'll have more on that. >>> let us begin with a check of the morning's top stories from natalie morales joining us from the news desk. hey, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. secretary of state hillary clinton is in beijing as the fate of that blind chinese disdented is now up in the air. nbc's ian williams is in beijing. ian, good day to you. >> reporter: natalie, with the u.s. brokered deal unraveling, the face of chen guangcheng is turning into a diplomatic nightmare for hillary clinton. they were trying to make it look like business as usual. the secretary of state meeting top chinese officials this morning for previously scheduled talks. addressing human rights only in broad terms. >> we believe that all governments do have to answer to citizens' aspirations for dignity and the rule of law and that no nation can or should deny those rights. >> repo
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